Showtime tech team gears up for IBC

Pay TV operator's tech team reveals shopping list for IBC '09.
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Pay TV operator Showtime will be looking to reinforce its technology arsenal with a host of new product acquisitions at next month’s IBC convention in Amsterdam.

The company, part of the newly merged Showtime and Orbit operation (New Co), will use the show to check out new innovations, delivery platforms as well as speaking to its current suppliers and fellow broadcasters from the region.

“There will be a team there. It’s an important one for us, NAB is too far away and CABSAT is a good show but it does not represent the global marketplace, yet, like IBC does,” said Mike Whittaker, VP broadcast operations and technology, Showtime. “It’s a networking and a window-shopping opportunity. It’s a chance to catch-up with products and to look round and see what’s new and what’s innovative.”

Whittaker also revealed that some of the items on the networks shopping list.

“We’ll be looking at products associated with a tapeless refresh such as asset management systems. We were one of the first centres to be entirely file-based and it is time to consider starting again. We will also be looking at middleware, pre-encryption conditional access interests us for the future and MPEG-4 muxing and encoding will also be major consideration,” he added.

“We have just implemented the Harris Broadcast Master. Visiting IBC offers the opportunity to do the post-implementation review,” added Whittaker.

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